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From News Operations Manager Ramon Nunez

Photographers Best Friend

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When I was in the field as a News photographer, working with some Reporters made the day seem like a week!!!  Good working relationships between photographers and Reporters are crucial to the outcome of the story.  It can look really good or extremely bad depending on how the day went.  No matter who they're working with, my emphasis to photographers is YOU MUST BE POLITE AND PROFESSIONAL.

Chief Photographer, Steve Thorp, worked with reporter, Phil Shuman on a story that initially didn't lend itself to exciting pictures. This is where it's important for the Reporter to work closely with the photographer to visualize his script.  This story had Sheriff Baca giving awards to recruits that had worked to keep fit and take away the stereo-type of cops sitting around eating donuts. Not the story we were there to get. Phil wanted to gets reaction from Sheriff Baca on reports that there were recruits being hired that had shaky backgrounds.  Not something the Sheriff necessarily wanted to discuss but when Reporters ask, he has to respond with something.  Sometimes "no comment".    Steve and Phil discussed what kind of video Steve could provide besides the usual Press Conference, close, medium, wide, shots.  The decision was made to have Steve shoot lots of close-up shots of the attendees, and to get as creative as he could.

Reporters learn early that treating a photographer well pays out in triplicate down the road.  They know that photographers can make them look good, not only on camera, which for most reporters is REALLY important, but to sometimes go above and beyond the call of duty to make their stories visually interesting. 

I wonder if Phil paid for lunch!

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